The Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act: The Letter and Spirit of the Law

The Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act: The Letter and Spirit of the Law

Leverage your compliance efforts for better drug and alcohol programming

There is a reason federal funding hinges on compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act. Alcohol and other drug use and abuse are among the most serious concerns facing higher education institutions because alcohol and drug use can dramatically undermine student success and overall well-being. The federally mandated Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Regulations spell out compliance requirements for any schools receiving federal funds. Noncompliance can result in penalties, including requiring immediate repayment of federal funds such as Pell Grants.

The Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act requires colleges and universities to certify that they distribute an annual notification, maintain a substance abuse program, and conduct a biennial review of that program. Of course, the regulations also stipulate parameters regarding notifications, programming, and reviews. With vast amounts of funding at stake at nearly every institution, these are compliance issues that you must get right.

The Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act: The Letter and Spirit of the Law will break down compliance requirements and present the rationale behind them so you will not only know what you need to do but understand why it is so important to do it. This Magna Online Seminar will review mandates concerning annual notification strategies; what is considered a substance abuse program; recommendations regarding the biennial review process; suggestions on programs, policies, and data sources to consult; and how to use the review process as a strategic planning tool.

Learning Goals

After completing this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe current federal requirements and expectations concerning certification, annual policy distribution, and biennial review mandates
  • Explain processes and recommended steps when implementing certification, annual notification, and biennial review
  • List potential sources of information and data on policies, programs, interventions, needs assessment methods, evaluation methods, utilization rates, and legal statistics—all of which can be used to guide the biennial review process
  • Discuss how results can be used to develop a list of recommendations and priorities to be addressed during the next biennium

Topics Covered

This comprehensive seminar will cover all aspects of compliance with the act, including:

  • How and when institutions should certify compliance
  • Appropriate methods for distributing annual notification
  • Necessary elements to include in a biennial review
  • How to approach the biennial review as a strategic planning and improvement process


This seminar is useful for anyone in higher education who might confront issues related to alcohol and drug use, including:

  • Vice presidents of student affairs
  • Associate vice presidents
  • Mandate compliance monitors
  • Health services directors
  • Counseling center directors
  • Substance abuse professionals
  • Legal counsel
  • Law enforcement
  • Clery compliance monitors
  • Title IX directors
  • Deans of students


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